Yep. The USG web site has an excellent online guidebook for drywall.
You could have also skipped over the patching of the holes and just
put the new wallboard up over the "holy" plaster. Drywall typically
spans 16" or 24", so unless your holes are larger than that you can
skip the infill.
Masonry nails? Roofing nails? You've never actually done any
drywall, have you?
In Pat's situation he could attach the beads using contact cement
(whether spray or brush on), joint compound, staples, a crimping tool,
or even shorty paneling nails. Masonry or roofing nails is a oddball
suggestion. Please leave construction advice to the professionals and
people that have actually done it. Why don't you trot over and see if
there's any late breaking news on the gypsies? Thanks.
In your situation you could have used Durabond, which is a setting
type joint compound that you mix from a bag of powder and water. It's
independent of temperature and humidity for setting, pretty much, and
the stuff comes in different setting/working times. It allows you to
do two or three coats in a single day without a problem.
Durabond is the stuff to use where you need some structural strength,
like on bead work, but it doesn't sand, so it's not good to use for
the final coats. Use another setting type of compound like EZ-Sand
for the last couple of coats. Use Ready Patch for the final touch-ups
and polish as that stuff can be painted over pretty quickly and
You can ask me this stuff ahead of time, Pat, and I'll definitely save
you some time and effort.
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